JUNE 7, 2016 — DNV GL reports that it has signed a contract to provide classification services for Stena Line's new gas-ready RoPax ferries, recently ordered at AVIC Weihai Shipyard in China (see earlier story).
The initial order is for four ferries, with an option for four more, with delivery planned in 2019 and 2020.
The Deltamarin designed vessels will be constructed to the new DNV GL rule set that came into force on January 1. the additional GAS READY class notation, the four ferries will have main engines that can be fueled by LNG or methanol at a later date. DNV GL says that the notation provides a clear picture of the level of gas fueled preparedness of a vessel, as well as giving all involved parties guidance on the scope of the contemplated work.
"These ships will be the most fuel efficient ferries in the world and will set a new industry standard when it comes to operational performance, emissions and cost competitiveness, positioning Stena Line to support its customers in the next decades," says Carl-Johan Hagman, Managing Director of Stena Line. "During the course of the past 24 months our engineering staff has managed to develop a design that is not only 50 percent larger than today's standard RoPax vessels, but more importantly, incorporates the emission reduction and efficiency initiatives that have been developed throughout the Stena Group during the past years."
"We are very proud to have been selected by Stena Line for this exciting new project," says Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime. "That a quality focused and innovative owner like Stena Line has chosen to construct these vessels to the new DNV GL rule set clearly shows that our customers are responding to the possibilities created by the rules. We look forward to working with Stena Line, Deltamarin, AVIC Weihai Shipyard and all the project partners to ensure the successful delivery of these highly efficient, future-ready vessels."
Intended for short international routes, the first four vessels are planned to be used within Stena Lines' route network in Northern Europe. The vessels will have the capacity to carry 1,000 people onboard (927 passengers and 73 crew), as well as having 3,100 lane meters in a drive-through configuration.
During the classification process DNV GL will also carry out statutory work on behalf of the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Overall length 212 m
Breadth 27.8 m
Depth 15.88 m
Draft (design) 6.4 m
DNV GL class rules, main class 1A
Additional class notations
Ferry A, ICE-1C/ICE-1A, BIS, TMON, BWM-T, CLEAN, E0, NAUT-AW, VIBR, Recyclable, COMF(V2), GAS READY(D, MEc)